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When I decided to use pseudonames for the kids on my blog I didn’t have to stop and think about hers much.

She’s always investigating everything, from wanting to know all the details of a conversation to figuring out what’s for dinner (food is for dinner, food I said!)
The Investigator -- 30 Days of Gratitude

She’s recently hit a new stage that I was afraid for a long time. The Middle Schoolers aka “Tweens”

She’s gone from playing with friends to hanging out and there is a boy I hear about often. I’m handling this stage of childhood much better than I handled the toddler/preschool years.

She’s entertaining to sit down and conversation with that doesn’t involve cartoons or make believe. I still think it’s all happening too fast, but since I can’t stop it I’ll take a breath (or several!) and enjoy it.

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First Amendment -- 30 Days of Gratitude

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I am thankful for so much of the First Amendment, and had thought of photographing a protest for the Freedom of Speech aspect, but living where I do there’s not much going on in the way of protests and I’m just as grateful for Freedom of Religion.

Not just the freedom for people to go worship in whichever church they wish, but for those who worship outside of a church or in their own individual way.

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Curiosity -- 30 Days of Gratitude

I’m grateful for curiosity (at least most days)

Why are the sunflower stems pokey? Why can’t I eat these sunflower seeds? Why are we walking home? (well so you can ask more questions of course!)

Occasionally the why’s are replaced by the did you knows.

Did you know I promises Mrs. Robb a puppy for her birthday? It’s tomorrow Mom, can we go get her a puppy?

Mike’s curiosity is fascinating to watch. When he focuses on figuring something out you can almost hear the gears turning in his head. I’ve come home to a disassembled bike, PVC pipes, wheel barrow, and an old outdoor toy all set up with the hose to get water from one side of the yard to the swimming pool.

Yes, the hose would have reached but what’s the fun in that?

Charlet’s curiosity as she learns to navigate the world of tweens, cell phones, and boys is exciting as well.

I don’t remember the why stage and I don’t think I ever cared enough about how things work to pull them apart but I do remember leaving toys behind for music, phone calls, make up and trading “going to go play” for “hanging out”

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That’s a different version of the same picture that I posted in the Flickr group. I decided I liked that you couldn’t tell I’d taken it by holding the camera in front of me pushing the shutter button and hoping for the best.

I’m grateful for me. Not in a self absorbed way, but more of a grateful for the life I’ve lived, including the rough patches and that I have the perspective I do. I’m grateful that I’m able to put myself in someone else’s shoes and usually understand their point of view (I don’t always agree, but that’s another matter entirely)

I’m also grateful that I found out today that my remote doesn’t work on my D300 before I went out and attempted family pictures with it.

I have a lot of photography friends who do amazing self portraits, and me — well not so much. I either end up having one the kids release the shutter and end up not getting exactly what I want or I get the {social networking site of your choice} profile picture.

I’m looking forward to somehow, someway getting better self-portraits.

And now, I’m off to update my facebook profile picture.

When I processed it into black and white I liked it better visually (my skin almost always looks better in black and white and the glasses glare was less intrusive) and debated about if I should swap out the pictures.

As I got thinking about living in a world where everything is black and white and surely, that must be easier than what I’m doing now — right? The black and white world still isn’t black and white, it’s all shades of gray and it’s okay that way. That’s what makes life beautiful.

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C is for Carrot

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The Informer has a sound bag that each day they are bringing a picture that begins with the sound of the day. Except for C day (I do have a few catalogs with pictures of cameras) I don’t have the kind of magazines that have the kind of pictures that would work, so we decided to do our own pictures.

B is for Brother

B is for Brother

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They went back last Thursday.

The Investigator is in *gulp* middle school. At back to school night there were make-up wearing, cell phone carrying, walking fast so I’m not associated with my parents teenagers. Those teenagers were students. In some kind of reality that has bypassed me until now I didn’t realize that the students go in as big kids and leave as teenagers.

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The Scientist is in 4th grade and has a teacher we’ve had before that I loved. I have absolutely no doubts that he’s in the best classroom this year that he could possibly be in. I hope and pray that all the work and effort we’ve put into his evaluations works.

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The Informer is in first grade, I’m excited to see where this year goes for her. She is an amazingly little social butterfly, stopping to talk to everyone.

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It feels strange sending them out the door at different times, to different schools then I realized that last year is the only year that they will all be in the same school at the same time.

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